After a clear blue day some whispery clouds had blown in
There was just a little sunset red left above the city skyline.
Tall buildings were beginning to show their night-time finery,
Replacing the waving eucalyptic green of the trees.
The busy road traffic was tiring and outside the frame
The river ripples, reflecting the evening’s new darkness.
Moonrise is hours away and the stars are too far.
An Earth-bound firmament will suffice
To show me my city for the next few hours.
Perth was Occupied today.
Along with much of the Western world, Perth followed the lead of protesters in Wall Street. Only a small crowd but it was friendly and concerned about our future.
These people are a Bit of Perth.
Yes, I was involved and I created a small record of the day.
It is the middle of July.
It is raining.
I am cold.
And I hate snails!
Perth is having its 19th consecutive day of +30C. Thirteenth night of a minimum in excess of 20C. Heading for records in both categories.
On the beach there are thousands of people trying to cool in the ocean.
Also in the ocean is danger to those people.
There are “rips” and undertows which can drag swimmers out to sea. Then there are other dangers. Dangers with teeth and very large jaws.
Volunteer members of Australian Surf Lifesaving Clubs have, for more than a century watched over Australians on the beaches. Towers have been built so that an eye can be kept on sea conditions. Sometimes a shark was spotted.
These days with swimmers moving further out to sea there is more chance of interaction with sharks.
So helicopters are now used to extend the eyes of the watchers. While the pilots are professional, the ground-based volunteers are still the same, selfless, skilled young people who spend some of their time protecting their fellow beach-goers.
So today’s Sky Watch is not so much the sky, but the watchers in the sky. At Scarborough Beach on the Perth coast.
No, I didn’t go overboard. Not that I couldn’t have. After all, some people do go a little bit overboard when they see a double rainbow.
Willem de Vlamingh (b1640) was a Dutch sea-captain with the VOC (Dutch East India Company)who explored the south west coast of Australia (then “New Holland”) in the late 17th century.
On 10 January 1697, he ventured up the Swan River. He and his crew are believed to have been the first Europeans to do so. He named the Swan River (Zwaanenrivier in Dutch) after the large numbers of black swans that he observed there.
There is now a large sundial which commemorates the approximate position of where he reached. It is just below the Wheel of Perth and I was able to get a shot of it.
This is one of those shots where all the action has not yet happened.
The theatre; The Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.
The setting; Taken on Tuesday from the Eye of Perth as some early winter storms were approaching, they hit on Tuesday night and continued through Wednesday. By Thursday morning there were just occasional squalls.
The actors; the Red Bull Air race pilots. You can see some of the bits and pieces for the race on the Swan River in this photo. You can also see the threatening clouds in the sky.
Note! This is the part of this post which is the Sky Watch entry.
On Thursday morning Brazilian pilot Adilson Kindlemann, 36, was attempting a knife-edge turn around a pylon when his plane’s wing clipped the water and crashed. I think this is the first crash in a Red Bull Air Race since it began.
I didn’t take this image – it was released by Red Bull.
The pilot was taken to Royal Perth Hospital with minor injuries including whiplash. So there is a happy ending to the story.